Indy sport leader touts IUPUI sports management
Mike Karnuta, Sr. Vice President of Business Development, Indiana Sports Corp, believes in the mission of IUPUI's Department of Tourism, Events, and Sports Management (TESM).
Karnuta works with a variety of faculty and students to stage mock interviews, teach adjunct courses, volunteer as a career panelist, create opportunities for graduate assistants and interns, guest lecture, and more. He also leads the department's advisory council, lending expertise to branding, recruitment, and curriculum relevancy. It's a mutually beneficial relationship--one that results in networking and service learning for students while helping Indiana Sports Corp stage world-class events.
“Indianapolis is known nationally as one of the best host cities for major sporting events," notes Karnuta. "With frequency, IUPUI [TESM] students through their volunteerism and commitment, have helped Indiana Sports Corp successfully host some of the biggest and best sporting events in the world."
In Karnuta's advisory council chair role, he works with other community sports leaders to help create unique and engaging learning experiences for TESM's sports management and other students. These opportunities are designed to position TESM students above job-market competitors when they graduate.
"Because of Indianapolis’ current sports event pipeline," Karnuta says, "the opportunities for IUPUI students to connect, serve, and gain valuable experience as a volunteer, is not just compelling, but endless! The future has never been brighter, and the smart students will take advantage of what is within their grasp.”